We may all be getting excited about Santa Claus arriving, but there are lots of important things to do before Christmas Day.
And the first thing many people do is hit the shops for presents.
You know who you need to buy for, you’ve got a vague idea of what you’re looking for and you’re armed with your shopping bags and ready to take on the masses.
But we all have that friend, relative or colleague who you love dearly - really, you do - but they’re just so difficult to choose presents for.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of presents to suit the majority of tastes (we’ve really tried our best) and to take at least some of the stress out of your Christmas shopping trip.
Chocolate, sweets or a food treat: Christmas is a time for over indulgence, no matter how much we try to be good. So if you’re looking for just a little something for someone, why not head to the festive food section of your favourite shop? Whether they’re a chocoholic, a preserve connoisseur or a lover of fruit sweets, there will be a Christmas gift for that.
Shower gel, bubble bath or soap: When Christmas rolls around, some people will find themselves inundated with sets and stocking fillers of “smellies”. But the beauty of this is that they will always be needed eventually. Opening 20 bottles of bubble bath on Christmas Day may seem like a lot, but when you don’t have to add it to your shopping list for another year, you’ll be pleased to have had that gift.
Socks: We know, it may seem like a boring idea but never underestimate the power of a new pair of socks. Again, it may not seem like the most exciting present to open on Christmas morning but there is little better than the feeling of a new pair of socks (especially after spending months hanging on to the holey ones).
A diary or calendar: You may be organised, but are you calendar organised? , Having a trusty diary or calendar by your side will take you to the next level - and it’s a bonus for that unorganised friend too. Get them sorted and they’ll never be late again!
A photo frame: Another Christmas fail safe. Pick something simple and understated for someone you don’t know well - or pop a picture inside to give this gift an extra personal touch.
A bottle of tipple (non-alcoholic alternatives also welcomed): As well as a time for filling your boots with food, it’s time to raise a toast to your family, friends and the season. A bottle of someone’s favourite beverage always goes down a treat - and with all of the Christmas food markets and stalls, there is plenty of opportunity to find a delicious non-alcoholic drink too.
Vouchers: Does your gift recipient like niche music? Do they love trips to the races? Or are they a fan of films? Whatever their interest, you can guarantee there’s a voucher for that. Give them the gift of choice this Christmas.
A Christmas jumper: Love them or loathe them, the festive season will bring some occasion where a Christmas jumper is required. Whether you’ll wear it for your December 25 lunch, or don it for the office party - it’s a seasonal tradition. And don’t forget Christmas Jumper Day, for Save the Children, on December 18.
Something personalised: Sticking someone’s name on something always gives it a nice touch. Whether it’s a Christmas bauble, a named necklace or a brand new wine glass you will find something which fits the bill.
Pyjamas or other comfortable clothes: It’s practically a rule of Christmas Eve that you need to have fresh pyjamas (or at least some jogging bottoms) to wear while you listen for Santa Claus to arrive. Get them some new comfies!
Your company: Okay, we know this one is cheating a bit but if you’re really not sure what to buy, why not just spend some time with your loved one this Christmas? Enjoy an evening meal together, have a mulled wine down the local pub or have an evening on the sofa watching Christmas films. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Here we have a selection of gift ideas to help out.
I’m dreaming of a chocolate Christmas
Cadbury always embrace the festive season with gusto and have gone big on Christmas again this year bringing out new products which are sure to spread the festive joy.
New for 2015 is a novel gift for your relatives with the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Baubles. These spectacular supersized baubles are available in two different varieties. Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Baubles are filled with Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates complete with a vanilla flavour filling and Oreo biscuit pieces. Cadbury Dairy Milk Snow Bites Baubles includes 4x34g bags of Snow Bites; Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate balls encased in crisp sugar shells and dusted with delicious icing sugar. These Baubles are perfect for a fun gift for any member of the family. RRP £4.99
New Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Santas will guarantee to put a ‘ho ho ho’ in your stocking. These hollow Santas put a quirky twist on the classic Christmas traditional icon, and are made from delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk, a supremely scrumptious Santa if we ever saw one! 60g RRP £1.49, 130g RRP £2.99
If you are looking for a sweet stocking filler for the kids, or a new, jolly way to treat family and friends during the festive season, Cadbury Dairy Milk 5 Jolly Santas are perfect as they come in packs containing five pocket sized Santas, each presented in fun wrapping. Kids will be sure to love them as Santa has had a makeover and there are now seven jolly looks to be discovered! RRP £2.99
Another exciting addition to the Cadbury Dairy Milk family is the magical Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Novelty Gift perfect to put the smile on your little elves’ faces. Marvellous by name and marvellous by nature, this gift is bursting with delicious treats including a bag of Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix Ups with Oreo and two bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy. The taste is simply…marvellous! RRP £3.99
Everyone’s favourite chocolate frog has even had a festive makeover this season with Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo Faces Novelty Gift. Pop open Freddo’s mouth, and five of the incredibly delicious cheeky Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo faces bags will leap out. Ribbit! RRP £3.99
Everybody loves a selection box at Christmas time. This year we have the Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo selection box, a fun sharing box with a sweat treat for everyone in the family. For extra fun, each pack contains a voucher for a free child entry to Cadbury World. Classics include Cadbury Crunchie, Cadbury Chomp, Cadbury Curly Wurly and Cadbury Fudge. RRP £2.99
If you can’t get enough of the delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, this year we have a brand new bigger advent calendar to really keep you topped up on joy this festive season. Complete with a tantalising assortment of milk chocolates, and milk chocolates with vanilla flavour fillings, everyone will want a piece. 200g RRP £4.99
Everybody loves classics at Christmas and there is nothing more classic then Cadbury chocolate during the festive season. Cadbury Dairy Milk Winter Edition makes a return, combining classic Cadbury Dairy Milk with a delicious festive twist. The bar is made up of mini white and milk chocolate tree-shaped chunks, ideal for breaking apart and sharing, or even decorating the top of your Christmas cake. RRP £1.42
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar, the best way to count down to the most magical day of the year. Open a door to reveal a delicious piece of Cadbury Dairy Milk every day until the big day! 90g RRP £2.19
Puzzled for presents?
With Christmas around the corner, PhotoBox has just the thing to complete your Santa mission. Turn their happiest times from over the year into a personalised photo jigsaw puzzle that will keep them busy long after Christmas day. All wrapped up in a box with matching photo on it.
Have fun piecing together all the small pieces of that perfect day: Dad’s goofy clown shoes, posing next to Mum’s yummy birthday cake or that huge ribbon tied around the best present ever. Make even more special memories this Christmas and get everyone in the family involved in solving the puzzle – even your 4 year old can have a go!
You know what they say: It’s the small pieces that make the big picture. Visit Photobox
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas
Thanks to the latest limited editions from Surf and Comfort your clothes can get involved in the festivities too. Meeting under the mistletoe for the first time, use the new detergent “Surf Winter Violets & Mistletoe” along with fabric softener “Comfort Creations Mistletoe & Crocus” to get burst after burst of uplifting scent. The duo is perfect for wrapping up in your favourite Christmas jumper and snuggling down by the fire.
“Surf Winter Violets & Mistletoe” and “Comfort Creations Mistletoe & Crocus” encompass an array of complimentary fragrances which have been specially blended by perfume experts. These festive laundry products incorporate some of the most loved Christmas flowers and scents - to add a burst of winter sparkle to your daily laundry load while giving clothes a brilliant clean and softness, with long lasting fragrance.
Surf Assistant Brand Manager Amy Tyrer says: “We’re excited to bring Surf and Comfort together for the first time to celebrate the festive season. The duo works beautifully together and encompasses the scents of winter flowers, while leaving clothes sparklingly clean and smelling gorgeous!”
“Surf Winter Violets & Mistletoe” has an RRP of £5.00 for 25w Liquid. “Comfort Creations Mistletoe & Crocus” has an RRP of £3.30. Both are available from all major supermarkets from 15 October 2015 to 1 February 2016.
Christmas all Wrappz-ed up
If you are struggling for ideas for presents Wrappz caters for all ages with something for everyone.
Whether it is personalised mugs, video game controllers, phone skins, stockings, santa sacks or baubles Wrappz has it ... well wrapped.
You can even get cushions, canvasses and wall art, visit the website.